Joel Klatt considers how the Big Ten should react to Michigan's NCAA investigation
Joel Klatt recently shared more thoughts pertaining to the investigation into Michigan allegedly conducting in-person scouting and sign-stealing tactics.
During a recent edition of The Joel Klatt Show, the FOX Sports analyst is an advocate of letting the process fully play itself out before levying any punishment towards Michigan.
“First and foremost, I want the rules to be upheld and the integrity of the game to be upheld. I hope that it will be,” Klatt said. “If there are rules that have been broken then I want those that broke them punished. Period. In order to do that, the proper process has to run its course.”
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Klatt added that despite the outrage on social media, it’s important for the NCAA and the Big Ten to gather all the vital information in the investigation.
“You cannot lead, govern, or make decisions based on sentiment or narrative. You make decisions, you lead, and you govern based on facts. Period. We need to make sure in this entire process that the facts are gathered,” Klatt said. “…A narrative and a mob can’t force the action and force movement from those 2 entities.”
Klatt thinks the onus is on Big Ten commissioner Tony Petitti to take a diligent approach.
“He should in earnest follow the process. He should want deeply to get to the bottom of this,” Klatt said. “…But I want it to happen the right way.”
Klatt warns this situation could reach ligation if not handled properly.
“Michigan would have recourse if the process is not followed,” Klatt said. “…None of us want that.”
Klatt concluded by emphasizing that patience is paramount to getting the fairest verdict.
“The patience screams process. The process is all that we should want to happen now,” Klatt said. “…We have to allow the process to run its course.”